Earth Day and Health

by Dr Nick

Today is Earth Day – an annual event designed to raise awareness of the environment and protection of our planet – this year the focus is on Ending Plastic Pollution

Plastic Clean up from the Ocean

People come together to celebrate this stunning planet and show support for protecting the environment – everything from simple local clean up to the addressing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the area that is three times the size of France and now bigger than Alaska that accumulates high concentrations of marine debris especially plastic

That Ocean Cleanup is working on deploying “System 001”

Seen here Deploying the Early Prototype (Image The Ocean Clean Up)
Boyen Slat (Image The Ocean Clean Up)

to remove the debris founded by Boyen Slat who was just 16 years old when he came up with the idea to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (consisting largely of plastics) floating between California and Hawaii in just five years—and 90 percent of accumulated ocean plastic by 2040. You can see his TedX Talk here

The good news is there have been some exciting new developments with a potential breakthrough in the discovery of an enzyme that can digest plastic that is commonly found polluting our environment.

But what can you do?

Personal Incremental Earth Day Suggestions

  1. In the spirit of celebrating Earth Day and focusing on the environment ,I offer up several suggestions, any one of which will bring health benefits to you but will also have a positive impact on the environment
    Walk and exercise – in fact ,build it in to your routine by riding your bike or using public transportation and walking to get to work.
    Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy and get exercise
    Reduce your meat consumption – cut out meat one day a week
    Grow your own organic garden – you’ll get exercise and great food
    Buy locally-sourced in season food at nearby Farmers Market

 

And some other incremental steps you could take that will benefit the environment and could be easy to take on

  1. Use reusable bottles for water and reusable mugs for coffee
    Bring reusable bags when you shop
    Pack your lunch in a reusable bag

 

We are Living on this planet as if we had another one to go to
Terri Swearingen

The better we treat our body, the better it will serve us and for longer


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